S: Camp Cheley, 1955 Rocky Mountain National Park, Linda Parker
BC: Lord, Blow the Moon Out Please The bed is too small for my tired head Bring me a hill soft with trees Tuck a cloud up under my chin Lord, blow the moon out please Sing me to sleep in a cradle of dreams A lullaby of ease And tuck a cloud down under my feet And Lord, blow the moon out please --Cheley Camp Fireside Song 1955 | 12/2012 | WWW.CHELEY.COM
FC: Estes Park, CO 1955 | Rocky Mountain National Park: Camp Cheley & Climbing Long's Peak 14,255 Ft.
1: CAMP CHELEY | What a beautiful view! East Face, Long's Peak 1955 | I spent 2 months in Colorado at Camp Cheley in 1955 & was one of 6 campers of 500 chosen to climb Long's Peak.
2: The Zephyr had a Dome with great views. Slept in Sleeping Car bunk but mostly up watching the US go by. Ate breakfast on real silver I think. | Rocky Mountain National Park | My first view of RMNP from Bus | Denver Zephyr to CO from Chicago
3: OVERVIEW OF CAMP CHELEY & ESTES PARK | Colorado water falls | Camp Cheley from Cathedral Peak
4: Mountain Flowers | Rocky Mountain Trail Bunny | 10,000 Ft Pines: @Cathedral Peak | To earn my Mountain Feathers, I had to memorize over 50 wildflowers by sight in LATIN. I did & more & loved the botany.
5: Old Pictures of Wildlife, Storms & Timberline at 10,000 Feet | Timberline Spruce | Typical Rocky Mountain Afternoon Thunder Storm | Timberline
6: I boarded the Denver Zephyr in Chicago with other campers & chaperones. I earned my Mountain Feathers & climbed Long's Peak on the old cable route--one of 6 chosen. It was one of the best years of my life in 70. I can still remember old camp songs, tales around the fireside, incredible counselors, craft shop learning silver smithing, leather tooling, riflery range, and my bunkmate in Chipeta from Haiti named Bonnie. I can still make the old trail ride staple: vegetable soup, an onion, and 1 lb. hamburger for stew & sing the old songs. | View to Long's Peak | Long's Peak & Old Cable Route Below
7: Beautiful Colorado Rivers | Rocky Mountain National Park | Camp Cheley Overlook | Alpenglow on Storm Mountain
8: Craig's Peak 12,000 Ft | Top of Mummy Range from Summit | Cathedral Peak 10,000 Ft
9: At Cheley, each camper got to choose a specialty---trail riding, mountain climbing, riflery, whatever. Some campers lived in chuck wagons & roughed it. I chose mountain climbing & routinely hiked & climbed 5-22 miles all summer. At age 12, We were all in superb condition--and fearless. | Estes Cone: 11,000 Ft. | Summit, Cathedral Peak Viewing Mummy Range
10: Laurie Hand & Carol Baker at Shelter in Long's Peak Climb. East Face, Long's, Top Rt. & Glacier at Base | Long's Peak
11: "Keyhole" on Long's Peak Climbing Route. In pho center is the Memorial Hut to Lost Climbers to Shelter Climbers Now.
12: Chasm Lake & Glacier at Base of Long's Peak: View from Summit
13: "Hidden in the high altitudes of the Rocky Mountains are ancient, untouched slabs of granite and rushing mountain streams sourced from glaciers and snowfields. Through the summer camp hiking program, climbs with stunning views and sun-drenched rappels await you." --Camp Cheley Web Site www.cheley.com | Campers at Base to Climb Long's Peak---50 Lb. Army Rucksacks with Tents, Food, Gear. Trained for 2 Months for This Climb. | Zeke Curtin Nancy Smith COUNSELORS
14: My boots were worn out after 2 months of climbing. We also did square dancing (with BOYS). I earned 4 riflery badges also. We had an open air mountain church with only a roof; we faced the Mummy range. The camp store was popular for trail mix. Cheley Camp overview, center. Above--back view of Long's Box Top. Rt. Google route maps. | False Keyhole Route-Long's
15: LONG'S PEAK AERIAL Photo Credit, left, Won Best in Show 2010 by Professional Aerial Photographers Association | On overnight trail rides, we tended our own horses and then rode them bareback in the meadows. We camped in sleeping bags under the stars & always had campfires with songs & ghost stories. I remember a green slimey hand that could get you. | The 14'er Mountain
16: Climbing Long's, Storm & Lady Washington August, 1955 | Climbing Long's, Storm & Lady Washington in 1 day (~22-mile RT) was the highlight of the summer & one I had worked for for 8 weeks. We started in a RMNP trailhead parking lot--outfitted with 50#lb Army rucksacks. We climbed to the base of Lady Washington & pitched pup tents on a steep slope, 3 to a tent. Lois O'Malley (shown left) was our hiking counselor. Around 2AM, a storm hit. I was highest in the tent & got flooded first. The other 2 older campers told me to go out & dig a trench to protect us all. I did & it was PAINFUL working in the cold rain at 10,000 ft. About 4:30AM, dawn broke in Alpenglow on Lady Washington. Somehow, all the pain vanished! We crossed the boulder field at Long's base, mostly granite. Then we began our ascent on the old cable route. I was terrified standing on a 6-in ledge & pulling myself up. When we reached the top, it was a glorious view; we all signed the RMNP Register & headed down the Fried Egg trail on the back--marked with red & yellow paint. We stopped at the Agnus Vaille Memorial hut by the Keyhole. Since we had completed our climb early, the counselors took a vote & we all decided we wanted to climb on, so we climbed Storm peak too. Our cowgirl hats had always been handy--we used to unfold the band inside & use it to scoop fresh mountain water in our high altitude expeditions into the Mummy Range & more. We always carried the old-style canteens as well. When my dad (an orthopedic surgeon in IL) saw my phos of the cable route, he said he would NEVER send me back to Cheley. I can only now understand this 57 years later:) It was among the best summers of my entire life. Phos left from Blog of Long's routes. But my memories are those of wonder at the Milky Way in the clear Colorado nights as I slept on a bed roll under the stars beside a camp fire. I remember my boot sideways barely fit on a ledge of Long's & pulling myself up on the steel cables, now long since gone. Reaching the summit was like reaching the Milky Way too. When you're 12, you dream big & don't look down.. | Lois O'Malley & Unidentified Counselor
17: 4:30 AM Alpenglow on Lady Washington, August 1955
18: Left top-Credit: Route at PEAKMIND web site Center-Top of Hallett's Peak; Bottom-Emerald Lake from Flattop Mountain | Cheley offered both Western & English riding. I did mostly Western, but we always had wonderful horse shows in both. I also took the bus trip to Cheyenne, WY to see Frontier Days--incredible chuck wagon races & more.
19: August, 1955 Linda Parker after Climbing Long's Peak & 22-Mile Trek plus Storm & Lady Washington Climbs
20: Linda, Anne & Nancy Parker on vacation after parents drove from Decatur, IL to pick me up.
21: Vacation After Camp with Parkers | Linda & Bonnie, (Lungwitz?) My bunkmate at Camp Chipeta--from Haiti with her own private airplane & sisal plantation
22: Mesa Verde National Park with Mom & Sisters | Desert silvery blue beneath the pale moonlight Coyotes yappin’ lazy on the hill Sleepy winks of light along the far skyline Time for milling cattle to be still CHORUS So now the lightening’s far away The coyote’s nothin’ scary just singing to his deary Yoho tomorrow holiday so settle down your cattle til the mornin’ There’s nothing out there on the plains that you folks see There’s nothing out there seems to catch your eye Still you better watch ‘em or they’ll all stampede Plunging down arroyo banks to die CHORUS --Camp Cheley Fireside Song 1955 | Cowboy's lullaby
23: Family Glacier Riding on My Yellow Slicker-- Dad Broke His Tailbone. OUCH!
24: Top, dad. Below left,:Sisters Anne & Nancy & Linda. Middle rt. Linda. Bottom rt. Mom on glacier with sisters. Top rt. Sisters at gold mine
25: Family vacation after camp-trail rides & gold mines & glacier riding | Love this pho--Sisters Nancy & Anne in Cowgirl Hats & Mom in Bermudas & Knee Socks | Ride 'Em Cowgirls!
26: Glacier Riding
27: Cheley Counselors had taught us how to use our yellow oilcloth slickers to glide down glaciers, so I shared mine with my family. Even mom rode down a RMNP glacier.
28: Climb On: Epilogue 2012 | Grandson Jeremy Heit, front (3rd from rt.)-Team USA Climbing in Santiago, Chile 11/2012. He won 9th in Speed & 10th in Sport for the US. | Jeremy Heit in yellow, 6th in Speed, USA CLimbing Nationals in Atlanta 7/2012
29: Linda Parker Woodward, 2012 AKA Grandma | I have finally found & scanned all slides of my Cheley adventures the summer of 1955. My dad, Dr. Sterling Parker of Decatur, IL gave me my first 35 mm Kodak & a family friend, Dr. Austin Stiles, gave me some lessons. Shooting at high altitudes to 14,255 ft. is difficult at age 12--so many of these phos are thin. Climbing seems to run in the family. In the summer of 1986, my daughter, Dr. Stacey Heit, won a scholarship to Outward Bound & rappelled in Ouray, CO. We didn't have rappelling back in the day at Cheley but she loved it. After medical school at UT-Houston, she married eye surgeon Dr. Larry Heit in 1994. I now have 4 gorgeous grandchildren--and rock climbing is continuing. Their son Jeremy Heit has been climbing at Atlanta's Stone Summit, the largest indoor climbing wall in the world. In March, 2012, he climbed in Spain. In July, he won 6th in Speed Climbing at USA Climbing's National competition. He qualified for USA Climbing's team in the Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile. too. Sister Rachel is now climbing as are twins Sophie & Leah. Stacey & Larry volunteer extensively at Stone Summit, so it's all in the family. I merely show up & take pixs. In a way, all this climbing is practically genetic, starting with Cheley Camps, 1955, founded in 1921 by Jack Cheley. I thank my dad, now 95, who grew up on a farm in the Depression & never had such opportunities. I thank my mom Margery who slept on an unheated back porch in the Depression on an iron bed beside her sister. She died on my daughter's 40th birthday at age 92--I still remember all her bermuda shorts & knee socks of the 50s. She would have loved these pictures. With all my family, I celebrate climbing!whatever mountains one finds and chooses to scale. 12/10/12